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Real weddings and wedding ideas

See how other local couples celebrated their big day with wedding stories and ideas from Your Surrey Wedding Real Weddings features.

Woodland romance

Holly and Frankie first laid eyes on each other at university. "We met on our first night and have been inseparable ever since," says Holly. "I proposed in April 2020. It was during the first lockdown when we were living at Frankie's mums. I set up a cinema room in the dining room, complete with fairylights and her favourite snacks. After we had watched a movie together, I gave her a photo album of all our memories together. As Frankie neared the end of the album, I started unwrapping another present underneath the blanket. The final page said: 'will you marry me?'. Frankie, of course, said 'yes'. I proposed with her late grandmother's ring, which Frankie's mum had given me."

Timeless elegance

Georgie and Lloyd first met and dated when they were teenagers. "We lost touch and didn't see each other for 13 years," says Georgie. "We have a mutual best friend whose family member passed away, and Lloyd contacted me to see if I'd heard the news. We met up after that and immediately started where we left off. He is one of the most caring and loving people I've ever met. He is an amazing dad to his children too."

"Lloyd surprised me with a night away at Beaverbrook in Leatherhead," shares the bride. "To put me off the scent, he spent the weeks before saying we couldn't get married until we'd bought our house, so when he got down on one knee, I was in shock! I cried my eyes out, and we were so happy."

Floral wonders

Emily and Matt met at university. "The first time we spoke was in the library," says Emily. "We were introduced by mutual friends and chatted a little. When I got home, he sent me a Facebook message telling me he thought I was really beautiful. Turns out, he didn't think I'd respond, but we started dating and have been together ever since." Matt proposed to Emily in August 2019.

The light of my life

Chelsea and Ryan met at a family wedding. "In the evening, we both had a bit too much drink and kissed on the dancefloor in front of everyone," says Chelsea. "My dad came in between us, and the rest is history!"

Ryan popped the question at the Yosemite National Park in California. "We went on a road trip back in 2018," shares the bride. "Ryan insisted we visit the park, so we spent a couple of days there. We parked at the bottom of a mountain for a picnic. We walked up to the top, which was scary as we had to watch out for bears because of our food!

Our little big day

Jasmine and Stephen met through a mutual friend on a night out in Croydon. "It was far from love at first sight," says Jasmine. "In fact, Stephen thought I was a bit stuck up, and to be honest, I don't think I said two words to him that night, so it's no wonder his first impression wasn't a great one! We met again on New Year's Eve the following month, and again, there was no love story. We went out as part of a large group in Bournemouth and barely remembered saying hello or goodbye to each other. Less than a month later, we ended up on another night out together. I had dyed my hair back to brunette, which apparently made me Stephen's type. He spent most of the night trying to figure out how to make his move. We finally exchanged numbers and had our first date a week later, and the rest is history!"

Sweet romance

Charlotte and Ben first laid eyes on each other at sixth form in 2009. "We met properly when volunteering with Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust on a trip to Lourdes," says Charlotte. "We went from only having said a few words to each other to a couple during our week trip to France." Ben popped the question at Charlotte's master's graduation in 2016. "We'd spent the whole day celebrating, and I was about to return my gown when he insisted we visit a spot for another photo," shares the bride. "Little did I know he was actually going to propose. My family knew and recorded the whole thing."

I would do anything for love

Paileen and Michael met through a mutual friend. "We got to know each other, and I was really attracted to his ability to make everyone laugh and his caring nature," says Paileen. "I had a feeling that he was interested in a relationship but wouldn't make the first move, so I took the plunge and asked him out to dinner where we officially became a couple."

All I need is you

Penny-Jane and Samuel started messaging each other on a dating app in 2016. "We spoke constantly for around two weeks before meeting for our first date," says Penny-Jane. "We went to Covent Garden in London and hit it off straight away." Samuel asked Penny-Jane to be his wife in Las Vegas. "I surprised him by booking the trip as a Christmas present in 2018," shares the bride. "On the evening of our third anniversary, we were in a special restaurant when he proposed. It was a complete surprise, and we couldn't have been happier."

Tiffany and Tom: Once upon a time

Tiffany and Tom met on a cold night in October 2003. "We first laid eyes on each other in a nightclub in Reading," says Tiffany. "Tom could see I was freezing while waiting to get served at the bar and offered me his jacket. A few drinks later and the rest is history! The weeks following were filled with romantic dates that Tom chose so thoughtfully. We realised we had so much in common and that our fields of work even overlapped. It didn't take Tom long to make it official, and by Christmas, we were a couple very much in love. The next few years were filled with so many exciting memories, including moving into our first flat, visiting Switzerland, travelling South East Asia, buying our first house and getting our first dog. It became abundantly clear early on that this was the real deal."

Ruth and Richard: The one for me

Ruth and Richard met at work. "He was my duty manager, and I worked in the kitchen," says Ruth. "We both love food, and my mastery of the bacon, egg and sausage butty must have swayed him towards me." Richard popped the question during a romantic evening at home. "We were watching a live Meatloaf concert in the living room while snuggling on the sofa," shares the bride.

Nothing can keep us apart

Anna and Craig began talking on a dating app. "Just after we met, Craig went away with the army to Sierra Leone," says Anna. "He forgot to tell me that he was going into the jungle and would have no means of messaging me, so after a few months of thinking he'd ghosted me, he reappeared, and we started talking again. On his return he invited me to a formal dinner at his regiment, however, he forgot to say that the dinner was being held in Norfolk, which was three hours away! Upon discovering this critical piece of information, I insisted we went on a date before the dinner and that he met my parents so I could put them at ease.

Love is all around

Sophie and Abel tied the knot surrounded by their friends and family in a romantic ceremony at their local church. Sophie and Abel met at work. "Abel had the cheek to ask my boss to set us up on a date," says Sophie. "My boss suggested I go for a drink with him as I was new to the role. I thought he was really fun and attractive and we've been together ever since."

Late summer glow with Sophie and Andrew

Soft neutral and blush shades set the tone for Sophie and Andrew's romantic wedding. Friendship blossomed into romance for Sophie and Andrew. They shared similar interests and hobbies and were close workmates for a long time before they actually started dating. "We made each other laugh and have always been a great support for each other," says Sophie. They were together for nearly two years before getting engaged. Andrew popped the question while they were on holiday in Mauritius over an incredibly romantic private dinner underneath the stars at the end of a beach jetty. "I was completely overwhelmed and Andrew was delighted not to have dropped the ring through the slats of the jetty into the sea," laughs Sophie.